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The Children’s Bill of Rights in Texas

In any legal matter that affects your child—whether it’s a divorce, a paternity proceeding or the modification of an existing court order—your child has the right to be a child, free from the fighting that can overwhelm adults’ lives.

Texas has created a “Bill of Rights” for children, helping them live their lives as kids without getting caught up in adults’ legal affairs. They encourage parents to share the Bill of Rights with all the adults in their child’s life, including babysitters, grandparents and stepparents. All adults in the child’s life are expected to conduct themselves accordingly.

What Is the Children’s Bill of Rights?

The Children’s Bill of Rights is a list of 31 bullet points. Each one outlines behavior that’s expected of the adults in a child’s life. Essentially, it’s a list of “do’s and don’ts.” It can really help things run smoothly in child custody matters, and following the Bill of Rights can help your kids stay happier throughout the divorce process.

What Are My Child’s Rights?

The Children’s Bill of Rights lists out many different rights that your child has, generally including things like:

  • Parties involved in the child’s life shouldn’t badmouth each other or say foul or abusive things in front of the child.
  • Parties shouldn’t let children overhear detailed legal arguments or negotiations.
  • Parties should let the child use the telephone to talk with the other parent.
  • Parties shouldn’t attempt to influence the child to like one parent over the other.
  • Parties should let the child hang pictures of the other parent or other family members in the child’s room.
  • Parties should not trivialize or deny the existence of the other parent to the child.
  • Parties should acknowledge that the child has two homes.
  • Parties shouldn’t communicate moral judgments about a parent’s lifestyle choices to the child.
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817-755-1852 – Texas has created a “Bill of Rights” for children, helping them live their lives as kids without getting caught up in adults’ legal affairs. Call our Ft. Worth law office for more info today.

Contact Us to Protect Your Child’s Rights

When we represent parents in divorces, we work hard to help minimize the impact of the legal matter and to resolve things as quickly and effectively as possible. That way, parents can move forward and successfully co-parent the people they love most in the world: their children.

If you have concerns about how a divorce may affect your child, talking with an attorney is the best way to get answers and protect their rights. For a confidential consultation, call our Ft. Worth law office at 817-755-1852.


5 Tips to Prepare You for Texas Family Court

Going to family court in Texas can be stressful. It’s hard to know exactly what to expect. Here are some tips from our experienced family law attorneys to help you prepare yourself for your day in court.

1. Know That You’ll Have to Wait

When we first talk with clients, we often talk with them about how long family law matters may take to resolve and when they can expect to go to court. The truth is that the legal system can feel like it moves slowly, especially when you’re not involved with it on a day-to-day basis.

Know that you may have to wait for your court date. And, once you are outside the courtroom, you may have to wait to be called inside. This wait can feel anguishing. Your lawyers will do everything possible to resolve your case as quickly and effectively as possible, but it may be helpful to know that most non-emergency family law matters do not happen overnight. Knowing that can help you be prepared for the process.

2. Turn Your Phone Off

After waiting to get your time in court, you’ll want to make sure that the time is used as effectively as possible. That means removing any potential distractions. Make sure your phone is turned off and put away. Even a phone ringing on silent inside a purse can create a distracting humming noise.

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3. Dress Accordingly

In Texas family court, like other places of business, impressions do matter. Make sure that you dress in a respectful manner that tells the judge just how seriously you are taking the family law issue you face. For men that usually means a shirt with a collar, pants with a crease and shoes with a shine. For women, a modest skirt or dress may also be acceptable.

4. Let Your Attorney Speak for You

If you have an attorney to represent you in family court, let them speak for you. Your attorney will know what information is most important to emphasize in court. Most people spend the majority of their family court hearings listening to the interactions between the judge and the attorneys for both parties.

If you are asked to speak, remember to treat the judge with the utmost respect. Address them as “your honor” and keep your emotions in check. Family court judges spend their days listening to family conflict, so they usually have a low tolerance for raw hostility.

5. Take Notes

It can be a good idea to bring a notebook and pen to take notes. Taking notes gives you something to do while you sit and listen to the proceeding. It can also help you channel your nervousness and focus so that you can concentrate. Most importantly, it will give you a record of exactly what was said. That way, you’ll be able to look back on notes instead of having to rely solely on your memory.

While you’re taking notes, be sure to write down any questions that come up. After the hearing, you can discuss them with your attorney. He or she can give you answers and help you understand your case and the next steps to be taken.

Get the Support You Need. Contact an Attorney.

Going to family court can be one of the most stressful things a person experiences. But having the right support can make it easier. If you need help, you can start by calling the Arlington office of the Schneider Law Firm, P.C., at 817-799-7125. We are here to support you.


Helping Children Cope With Divorce

Divorce can be one of the most challenging things that anyone experiences. And for a child, the impact can be life-changing. At Schneider Law Firm, P.C., parents often ask us how to help their kids cope with divorce. We work hard to help them resolve issues while minimizing the impact and making things easier for their children.

Take Care of Yourself

Divorce often comes with worry about finances, changes to the family schedule and overall conflict. It can take a toll on even the healthiest parent. To help your kids cope, make sure that you are managing your own stress appropriately. That way, you’ll be there for them when they need you.

Keep the Details of Divorce Away From the Kids

It’s also important to keep the details of your divorce between you, your ex, your lawyers and the court. Your children don’t need to know exactly who said what, especially when a divorce is heated—like when infidelity was involved. 

To keep your divorce just between adults:

  • Keep letters, emails or text messages locked up or password-protected. Older kids may be curious about exactly what’s going on, and they’ll seek out details that you may not want them to know.
  • Talk about the details outside of your home. Kids are often listening when you think they aren’t. It’s a good practice to have divorce-related conversations with your friends outside of the home. Just because the TV is on or the child is in the next room does not mean that they’re protected from hearing things that could be hurtful.
  • Avoid fighting in front of the kids. At the beginning of the divorce, agree with your spouse that you won’t fight in front of the kids. Parenting-time handoffs should be about working together to co-parent effectively.
  • Do not badmouth your ex, no matter how tempting it may be. Even when you really want to say something negative, hold back. Vent to your therapist, supportive friends and family members instead. Nasty comments can have a great and unintended impact on a child.

Let Your Kids Know That It’s Okay to Feel However They Feel

Some kids react to divorce right away. Others deny that they’re having any feelings, often as a way to attempt to hold onto “normalcy.” Regardless of how your child reacts to the divorce, remind them that they can always come to you to talk about how they feel. For very young children, you might have to put words to their feelings. For example, “it sounds like you feel sad that things have changed.”

Also, be prepared for and open to however your children feel. It’s not uncommon for children to feel relieved, happy and excited about the future when their parents divorce. Discuss positive emotions just as you would negative ones. These feelings are just as valid.

Talk With an Attorney About Divorce and Your Child

If you’d like help reducing the impact of a divorce on your child, start by calling the Arlington office of the Schneider Law Firm, P.C., at 817-799-7125 . Consultations with our attorneys are confidential.